THE SHORT: “The Art of Reading Russian Obituaries”
by Masha Gessen (NY Times)
A journalist was killed in St. Petersburg last week, but no one called for an immediate and full investigation. No one seemed to suspect that he was killed because of his work. In a country of frequent and varied violence, this was a different kind of crime, a murder that dare not speak its name.
THE LONG: “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
by Joyce Carol Oates, circa 1966
Her name was Connie. She was fifteen and she had a quick, nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was all right
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